Cities&Design 2018 New urban settings, new connections

As the space we live in is a common space, it must be designed in a collaborative and creative manner, mixing the different disciplines of knowledge so that ideas emerge from this hybridisation to construct the city in which we would like to live.

Design, as the contact closest to creation in our everyday life, leads us to reflect on the aesthetics of life, on technology and society as a whole, as it is not only the creator of product, but also it points towards a series of lifestyles, social idealism and history. More and more often, design is moving towards a concept we call Hyperdesign, a concept we wish to take closer to the public during this edition of “Cities&Design”.

The current trend of blurring the designs of functional design, by introducing new languages, technologies or visions, reflected for example in contemporary architecture, fashion or even cuisine, opens the way for questions about why, for what and for whom are we designing?

During this conference we will reflect on this alongside Ling Tan, Izaskun Chinchilla and Juan Sádaba, and moderated by the team from Cities Lab Katedra, from the University of Deusto.

Date: 15/11/2018

Venue: Auditorium of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
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15.30 Reception and accreditations

16.00 Suite for a generative art dream: Danza Final

16.05 Introduction: Deusto Cities Lab Katedra

16.20 Izaskun Chinchilla

17.05 Juan Sádaba

18.00 Ling Tan

18.45 Closing ceremony and conclusions



Izaskun Chinchilla. With a degree in architecture, she combines her work as an architect and designer with outreach, educational and research work. She is a teaching fellow at the Barlett School of Architecture (UCL London, UK), and currently gives classes at the Higher Technical School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, (Spain) and at the Business Institute (Madrid, Spain). She has taught at the Ecole Special (Paris, France) and at HEAD University (Geneva, Switzerland) among others. At present she is working on the project “Social and Aesthetic Repercussions of technical topics and solutions which take ecology into account”. As a speaker, she has taken part in different forums and debates and her work has formed part of exhibitions including the 8th Biennale di Venezia, 10th Biennale di Venezia, 5th Sao Paulo Architecture and Design Biennial. As an architect, she is strongly committed to innovation and in her projects she proposes a multidisciplinary approach between different disciplines including ecology, sociology and science.

Ling Tan. Ling Tan is a designer, maker and coder. Originally trained as an architect, her work falls somewhere within the genre of wearable technology, Internet of Things (IoT) and citizen participation and involves working with communities in cities on using wearable technology as tools to express their relationship with the city, touching on topics such as demographic, race, gender and the subjective experience of the city through people. She is currently working as a senior designer in Umbrellium where she leads and produces projects such as WearON (, an open source prototyping platform for wearables and WearAQ (, a series of wearable tools for exploring air quality issues through people’s subjective perception.



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Juan Sádaba. Juan Sádaba is a Doctor of architecture and associate professor of urban design at the University of the Basque Country. He has worked on the different scales of design, from wearables and technological products where detail and new technologies prevail, to the scale of territorial ordinance and urbanism. In the area of territorial and urban design, he has worked on the Bilbao Metropolitan Territorial Plan, the Mallorca Territorial Plan, the redevelopment of the Marzana piers, and as a consultant on urban development in Naya Raipur (India), Xiamen (China), Legazpi (the Philippines) and Medellín (Colombia). On a smaller scale, he is a member of the Finger Reader design team, a project which originates from the Solid Interfaces Lab of the MIT. He has worked as a lecturer at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD/MIT) in Singapore and given conferences and talks for the National University of Singapore, the Harvard Masters of Design in Bilbao and other universities and congresses around the wo He also has a number of patents and recognitions

Deusto Cities Lab Katedra, from the University of Deusto, conducts research into cities, models, strategies and actions all over the world which enable new habitats for human development.